In 2000, the U.S. government — for the first time — gave census takers the option to identify themselves with more than one race. That year, 6.8 million Americans selected two or more races. In 2010, 9 million did.
These numbers paint a portrait of an increasingly diverse America — and of Americans who are becoming more comfortable identifying themselves as multicultural and mixed race. And it's no surprise that this shift has been reflected in the country's literature as well.
This summer, Tell Me More will be reading stories and novels — by and about people — exploring what it means to be mixed. Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, helped us kick off the series, and introduced the first book we'll be reading, You Are Free by Danzy Senna.
We hope you'll read along with our Summer Blend Book Club! Here are some of the upcoming books in our series — click on the title to read an excerpt.
- You Are Free by Danzy Senna
- The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
- Take One Candle Light A Room by Susan Straight
- Pym by Mat Johnson
Join us! Read along, post comments, ask questions, and check back throughout the summer to hear author interviews.